Earlier this month, a number of publications picked up an opinion piece by David Kurasz, executive director of the New Jersey Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board and member of the New Jersey Fire Sprinkler Coalition. Similar to trends that have occurred in other states (Alabama, for example), New Jersey saw an unfortunate uptick in fire fatalities in 2014. More specifically, there was nearly a 30-percent increase in fire deaths in 2014 when compared with 2013 totals.
"I urge people to never leave space heaters unattended. Clean chimney flues before use, check all smoke detectors, and consider installing residential fire sprinklers," pleaded Kurasz in his op-ed. "Sprinkler systems are the answer to reducing fire-related fatalities, protecting New Jersey residents and first responders from the horrors of fire."
Kurasz was right. Read what happened days later by visiting the Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog.